There are many stories about young men with dark bodies, including Pacific young men, in Australia’s newsprint media. The repetition of particular themes in the stories about these young men contributes to the production of certain frames of ‘knowledge’ through their repeated portrayal as the dangerous dark young male ‘Other’. One of the enduring themes is that Pacific young men are a danger to society at large. Whether intentional or not, such representations homogenise a complex group of people into a singular entity who do not meet society’s perceptions of ‘normal’ in ways that dehumanise and demonise. Dehumanising or demonising those from outside of the broader culture has its connections to the principles of the Scapegoat myth within traditional mythology. It can be argued that newsprint media itself is a Scapegoat due to its propensity for creating ‘moral panics’ about particular groups in society. However, more often than not, it is the way in which their actions are articulated in newspapers rather than the actions themselves. In other words, ‘[t]he devils...have to be summoned’ (Hall, Critcher, Jefferson, Clarke & Roberts, 1978: 162, original emphasis). In this presentation, as a way of explaining how this ‘summoning’ happens, I will examine several newspaper representations of Pacific young men which demonstrate that it is how these stories are discursively rendered that contribute to the Scapegoat myth.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||Reimagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility - University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Australia|
Duration: 07 Dec 2016 → 09 Dec 2016
|Abbreviated title||Social justice/human rights|
|Period||07/12/16 → 09/12/16|